David Blandy, Crossroads

4 Apr 2009 – 14 Jun 2009

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Admission free

Turner Contemporary

Kent, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Direct buses to Margate from all surrounding towns in East Kent. Visit Kent County Council's Public Transport website to find your most direct bus route. There you can also download a map of Kent and all available bus routes in the county.
  • High speed trains from London St Pancras and Stratford International run every hour and take just 90 minutes. - Mainline trains from London Victoria, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge, which take a little longer. Victoria offers a frequent s

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Crossroads began as an investigation into the mythology surrounding the legendary Robert Johnson, a bluesman with three gravestones, 29 recorded songs and only two known photographs, who reputedly sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads. Filmed in the heat of the Mississippi Delta, Crossroads is in part a portrait of a landscape still deeply, though not officially, segregated. The film follows a man with a guitar, the Blues Legend, on his journey to the Crossroads to recover his lost soul. The figure roams the landscape looking for a genuine Blues experience, picking guitar on porches and walking dusty roads, to a haunting soundtrack of slide guitar music. Undermining this romantic vision is the appearance of an inverted Minstrel, an alter-ego who haunts the journey. In this quest for the authentic, the search for the Blues becomes a wider search for self, one man's search for reconciliation with a plundered culture. Crossroads is an Arts Council England National Touring Commission initiated by Spike Island and supported by 176, Zabludowicz Collection.

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